Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kabul blast: NDS says Pak-based Haqqani network behind attack

Kabul blast: NDS says Pak-based Haqqani network behind attack

In Wednesday's attack, the suicide truck bomber drove into Kabul's heavily guarded diplomatic quarter during the morning rush, leaving behind chaos and destruction. "Initial reports indicate that this attack killed more than 90 and injured more than 300 Afghan civilians, innocent bystanders and members of the diplomatic community", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Canadian government added its voice to a growing chorus of global condemnation following a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed more than 90 people and injured over 400 Wednesday morning.

That same day, nine police officers were injured in a violent protest enforcing the deportation of an Afghan student in the southeastern city of Nuremberg.

The Taliban says it was not involved.

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Angry citizens demanded answers from the government over the perceived intelligence failure leading to the attack, which underscores spiralling insecurity in the country.

'It felt like an natural disaster, ' said 21-year-old Mohammad Hassan, describing the moment the blast struck the bank where he was working.

Residences and offices of Pakistani, Indian, French, and German diplomats, among those of other countries, were damaged.

The UN Security Council condemned them as "heinous and cowardly", and urged all countries to cooperate with the Afghan government in identifying and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

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The blast comes as Afghanistan is set to host an global "Kabul Initiative" conference aimed at streamlining all efforts for peaceful resolution of the conflict in the country.

France, India, Turkey, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Bulgaria also reported damage to their missions, including shattered windows, as the blast drew an avalanche of worldwide condemnation.

There are now 8,500 US troops in Afghanistan with a USA promise of more to come.

The powerful explosion on Wednesday was described by officials as "one of the biggest" to have hit the Afghan capital. "None of their injuries appear to be life-threatening". The group is also blamed for several attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that killed 58. Four BBC journalists were injured.

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Besides damaging the German embassy, the bomb, which exploded close to its entrance, also damaged the embassy buildings of China, Turkey, India and France, the respective foreign ministries reported.

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